Hard to believe, but there are under 50 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 48 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #48 on the Boise State roster—J.C. Percy
#48, J.C. Percy, Sophomore, LB
Weight: 215 lbs.
High School: Blackfoot High School, Blackfoot, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Percy was a multi-sport standout at Blackfoot High School—lettering in football (3x), wrestling (4x), and track (1x). As a senior, Percy was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-state after rushing for 550 yards on 66 carries and making 29 tackles in an injury-shortened season. As a junior, earned first-team all-conference honors and all-state honors for offense and defense after rushing for 1,440 yards on 199 carries and making 79 tackles, and recording five interception. Percy served as team captain both his junior and senior years. Aside from his football prowess, J.C. was a three-time district wrestling champion and member of the National Honor Society. His injury-shortened senior campaign likely kept him from making any waves in the 2008 recruiting class—he received no offers, but joined the Broncos as a walk-on that same year.
Perseus overcame the Gorgon. Percy overcame the Angry Ostrich (aka Colin Kaepernick)
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Played in all 14 games in 2009 for the Broncos, making 3 starts and recording 64 tackles (second on the team). Made 9 tackles against New Mexico State.
Injury plagued senior season at Blackfoot High.
Percy was one of the pleasant surprises to emerge on the Bronco defense last season. As an unheralded walk-on who had redshirted in 2008, I think few expected Percy to so distinguish himself in Spring and Fall Camp that he would be one of the main playmaking linebackers on the team, but that is exactly what he did. In some ways, the scrappy Percy reminds me of a young Korey Hall—they have a similar stature, both come from small Idaho towns and both had very productive freshman campaigns (Hall had 92 freakin' tackles as a frosh...Percy had 64). Now, this isn't to say that Percy will be mentioned in the same breath as Korey Hall when his career is over, but one can't help but be impressed at the unheralded walk-on climbing the depth chart so rapidly as to become a fixture on a Bronco D with a very competitive two-LB scheme.
2010 should be another good year for Percy, as he presumably will continue to split time at WILL with Aaron Tevis. Percy is a good tackler, a smart defender, and a fierce competitor...this is precisely why I don't seem him conceding much this Fall, even to some of the more highly-touted newcomers. Someone once said that walk-ons fight harder because their place on the team is so tentative...well, I don't think that Percy's place on the team is in doubt any longer, but he's got competitive fire to keep grinding away and making the big plays. I don't see the two-deep changing at the WILL position this Fall—Percy and Tevis will be, ostensibly, 1a and 1b at the position, with Tevis being more rangy and desirable on passing downs, and Percy the better tackler and desirable on short-yardage downs. Being Percy and Tevis, it's a real mess and should make for interesting theatre during camp. I say that Percy bests last year's numbers with a 70 tackle campaign in 2010, we play enough run-first teams that he'll pad his stats sealing off the edge for the Bronco D.
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Want to know what "J.C." stands for? Pretty much exactly what you'd expect: Jacques Cousteau.